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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:56 PM
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Blacksburg, Virginia
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 08:57 PM by mvd
It looks like my whole family might be moving there.. more opportunities for us all. Is it a nice place to live?
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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1. If you like Virginia Tech, you'll love Blacksburg.
That's what's going on there. It's a college town with a quality university with an outstanding football program. Many of the students are from Northern Virginia so it's not that conservative. In fact, it's a party school with kids who somehow do well in demanding classes.

Nearby is Radford University, such a fun place that when the merry-makers from Tech run out of fun, they go to Radford for some serious partying.

It's about 2 hours from Richmond and 4 hours from Fairfax County and the DC area. There are some other places of semi-interest near by but I can't think of their names (e.g., Roanoke, VA).

All in all, if you like college towns, it gets an A for the college, A+ for school spirit & football, and an I(incomplete) for the little town.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:10 PM
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3. Thanks for your reply
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:10 PM by mvd
My dad might have a job at Virginia Tech in scientific research, and I'd follow along because I haven't found much where I am.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:17 PM
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6. They're good across the board.
Don't know what your situation is but typically university employees get a nice big break on tuition for their kids. Tech is exceptionally good for Computer Science/Engineering, Engineering, and rokin for Business. Don't know the other extra strong programs but it's quite a good school. Enjoy if you go. You will be a "Hoakie"
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:19 PM
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8. I'm done with college already, but..
I'm thinking there could be a good computer-oriented job offered at the university.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:11 PM
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4. yep a lot of my classmates are going down there
they're pretty tolerant people having been brought up in the environment that we have.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:09 AM
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19. Make that 4 hours from Richmond...
It's been almost a quarter-century since I was a Hokie, but cars have not gotten that much faster! :-)
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:09 PM
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2. Frat boy central.
I knew several kids that went to Virginia Tech, and had to drop out because it was just like 13th grade.

Other than that, it's in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Sound good yet?
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:19 PM
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7. haha...now i was being diplomatic. i'm going to watch for your messages.
You wouldn't be a UVA or UR guy would you?
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:43 PM
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11. VCU drop-out.
And for the record....we hate UR people. :evilgrin:
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:09 PM
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12. as you should...elitists, haha...vcu...salt of the earth!
plus it's virginia's only down-town school (odu isn't really down town).
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:13 PM
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13. Those UR kids can't party worth a shit.
We had a VCU party, and the UR kids left around 1. Rich kid wimps!

/end fratboy rant
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:53 AM
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15. How many VCU students does it take to change a lightbulb?
None Richmond is better in the dark

:bounce:

My wife and I are both VCU grads-that is where we met.

How many ODU students......?

Three-one to change it and two to figure out how to get high off the old one

Hampden-Sydney?
Three- one to change it and two to figure out how they can get some girls from Longwood to come over

Va.Tech?
5-one to change it and 4 to talk about how they COULD have gotten into UVa

UR?
One to make the daquaris and one to call the electrician

UVa?
ONe-just hold it up and let the world revolve around them.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:07 AM
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18. Nice.
Applied to ODU, didn't get accepted. My self-esteem is now plummeting....
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:13 AM
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20. How many Virginians does it take?
Three-one to change it and two to talk about how good the OooooooooooLD one was

That is the only Virginian joke I have ever heard.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:21 AM
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21. Stop being bigoted against the South!
We can't win elections like that!

So what if I'm married to my sister! You still need my vote! :P
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:58 PM
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5. I lost my virginity there...
...If you find it, will you let me know?
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hollywood926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:29 PM
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9. Roanoke is a decent little city...
I lived there for a year (went to Roanoke College) and spent weekends partying in Blacksburg. If you already know you have better opportunities there, you'll be fine. No worries.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:54 AM
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16. Rohnoke is a very cool city
My wife is from there and we got married there in 2002.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:36 PM
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10. home of the ACC champs!
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Insider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:18 PM
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14. Home of scenic Fort Pickett
old army training post, if i'm not mistaken
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BBradley Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:54 AM
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17. It's kind of Podunk,
The only reason I've ever heard of it is because Virginia Tech is there.
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electricmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:09 AM
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22. Blacksburg is cool
Like others have said it's a college town so there's more happening from Sept-May than during the summer. You're not going to find big city excitement there or in Roanoke but there's enough happening most of the time to keep you as busy as you want to be. If you're into outdoors type stuff the area is great for that. Blacksburg/Montgomery County has around 83,000 people and the Roanoke area has 250,000.

I live in Roanoke and like it. Whenever ever I get craving big city fun DC or Charlotte are easy drives.

A friend of mine owns a tattoo/body piercing shop in Blacksburg so if you end up moving there I'll see about getting you a discount. Or if you're not into that I'll buy you a beer.
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electricmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:21 AM
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23. Oh, one more thing
Don't know your musical tastes but if they tend to the harder stuff check this site, www.getrockedout.com . They cover mainly Blacksburg and Harrisonburg. Or my site starcitypunk.com, which covers mostly the Roanoke metro area but I have members from all over Va/DC/WVa.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 03:47 PM
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29. Wow...
I used to run a little Xeroxed indie-rock zine in that area when I was a teenager in the 80s. I lived way out in the sticks (Carroll County) but most of my writers and friends were in Roanoke. I'd go up there every weekend. Iroquois Club! Record Exchange!
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:25 AM
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24. My friends moved there to open a bar...
last time I heard they were doing very well.

FSC
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AlecBGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:44 AM
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25. I lived there for 5 years
Ask me anything ;) I was a student at Tech and now Im a proud Hokie Alumn (Dec '03, BS in Biology). Its a great town but I hope you like crazy weather. It gets colder than a witches tit in a brass brazier! There are lots of good, small bars. I reccomend Hokie House. Every day, 5-6, you get any 24 oz draft beer (Newcastle! Guinness!) for $2! The Rivermill is also a nice place. For good food, try Souvlaki's (excellent greek food), Emilios (Lebanese, also good) or Alpha's (GREAT subs!). They're all on Main St. The town itself is well planned and pretty laid back. Its great in the summer...theres no students and the river is a 15 min drive away. There are mountains for hiking and a great frisbee golf course outside of town. The campus is beautiful and hog wild during football season. The cops can be pricks (sorry, Im a bit jaded...). All in all its a great town and a fun place to live. PM me if you have any questions.

-Alec

p.s. GREAT live music during the school year @ Baylees
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DancingBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:54 AM
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26. I am counting the days until I move out of Virginia

so I think my viewpoint may be a bit jaded. :) :)
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:17 AM
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27. I really like Blacksburg!!!
College town, small, but hip and fun!
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Butterflies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 03:28 PM
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28. I know there's an active Dem group that meets regularly
at one of the restaurants there. They were active in the Kerry campaign, and they participated in Iraq war protests in the past. I'm on their email list so I know they are still active. They are now arranging a bus to go to DC to protest the inauguration, and they are also looking ahead to the VA Governor's election.

I don't know much more about Blacksburg, I don't live far from there but I never go there (I avoid Rt. 81 - it's a little dangerous with all of the tractor trailers and bad SUV drivers.)

I can give you Roanoke information though. Welcome to Virginia :-)
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 04:00 PM
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30. It's in the middle of nowhere. Morons everywhere
Lots of Virginia's second rate college students. The ones rejected by UVA or W&M.
And then the townies... drive 20 minutes in any direction and you'll be among the reddest of red country Virginia.
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